Football Manager, Football Star Manager

Playing my renewed Football * Manager myself!

I used to be much more regular as a blogger,  but, where I regularly update is on my Facebook, Twitter and mailing list. Another thing I am doing at the moment is playing Football Star * Manager, the renewal of my original game, on level 6, making my way up the divisions, and posting regularly on my Facebook page  and Twitter how it is going. ]

Just beat West Ham to go third in the Premier League for example… 🙂

Football Manager

2016 so far..


The start point of the Football Manager rewrite. Early on last year these were screens of the rewrite running, on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Just a test to make sure it all worked. So much development since then. I am now playing the running game on my own iPhone, both debugging and refining the game. A lot of work in my own time to get to this point, but happy to be here!


1980s, Football Manager, Kevin Toms Football, Kickstarter

2016 Plans

2015 was an interesting year for me. I finally got Kevin Toms Football out on the market for iOS and I have been able to steadily improve the playability of that game. The process of doing that, looking at the game, deciding what will make it more fun, and implementing those things, was a process that reassured me about using my games design skills incrementally. The current version is a healthy improvement on the release version.

I also put out the idea of rewriting the original 1980s Football Manager for modern mobiles and got such a good response to the idea that I even experimented with a Kickstarter for it. Despite the Kickstarter not succeeding that rewrite has momentum and 2016 will see the release of the rewrite.

In 2016, in the first couple of months, I will release a version of the rewrite of 1980s Football Manager. This game will develop incrementally and be on multiple formats, Android, iOS etc.

I love the experience of developing a game incrementally with people playing it, and for this new game, I will build that into the game itself.

2016 will be a fun games writing year for me.

I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all

Football Manager original painting for cover
Football Manager original painting for cover




1980s, Football Manager, Google Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

The Football Manager re-write at the Big Indie Pitch Montreal

I pitched my Football Manager re-write at the Montreal International Games Summit . What does this mean? It means the game is in playable form! Of course it is unfinished and there is a lot to do but this is a step forward.

Currently the match action is Electron/ZX81 style, but it works!

Here’s a pic of me pitching:

Football Manager 80s rewrite - pitching at the Montreal International Games Summit
Football Manager 80s rewrite – pitching at the Montreal International Games Summit 15



1980s, Football Manager, Kickstarter

9% Funded 25 days to go Free Football Manager game play

The App store does not allow vouchers, so now I have free game codes as Kickstarter rewards.

For 6 NZ Dollars, about 2.6 British pounds, you get 6 months of free game play.

For 12 NZ Dollars, about 5.2 British pounds, you get 12 months of free game play.

Bargains right? But I need your backing to be able to complete this game. Please help the Kickstarter rewrite of Football Manager 1980s


1980s, Football Manager, Kickstarter, Rewrite

Why Kickstarter to re-write 80s Football Manager?

I asked should I rewrite 80s Football Manager for modern mobile platforms, I got a yes, I started:


.. and I made good progress. But I realised I need to do this well, and have time to make it as much fun as the original. So I decided to try Kickstarter for support.

Once I started putting together the Kickstarter project I realised something else – I can make the Kickstarter project part of the game development! So I have made rewards to match, like

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.18.16

So you can become part of the game itself, on every copy. I thought that was a fun idea, and I hope people like it.

1980s, Football Manager

99 to continue

Rewriting my original 80s Football Manager is both a challenge and a pleasure. This is a multi-platform development unlike Kevin Toms Football for iOS, the game I released a couple of months ago. And I am still developing that game, adding new features. It’s a different game even though the subject is the same. There is plenty of scope for my creativity with both games.

I am a couple of screens in now to the rewrite and having fun with it.

99 to continue from here….


1980s, Football Manager

To Beard or not To Beard that is the question!

So I am starting a project to rewrite my 80s Football Manager for Android, iOS, Windows Phone etc etc. I wrote the original on many formats, and I am often reminded by people about my beard from the adverts, asking if I still have it:


But now I look like this:


.. on a good day 🙂

So, the question is,

Do I need to re-grow my beard to re-write the game??  🙂

Football Manager, Software Development and Delivery

The Story of the Football Manager painting

I posted a photo of the Football Manager painting used for the original inlay cover of Football Manager in 1982. A lot of you enjoyed the nostalgia of seeing the painting, and I thought it would be good to write about how it was created.
At the time the game had only 2 colour printed inlays.
I went to W.H. Smith head office in London to talk about them stocking the game. The buyer insisted I had to add full colour inlays to the game. I agreed to this. At the time I had no car, and was still doing a full time day job. I contacted a local printers in Bletchley, Milton Keynes where I lived. To go to see the printers about creating this inlay, I had to take two hour lunch breaks and head in by bus and back. I had an image in mind for the cover, the F.A.Cup, combined with player action in front of it. So I described that to the artist and he produced it. I was uncertain on choice of colour so two were created, one with the gold FA Cup, as in the photo, and one with a silver version. I still like the gold best.
So the artist produced it. It was combined with the text and the full colour Football Manager inlay came into being. Then I could get the whole thing duplicated for stocking in W.H. Smiths.
Interestingly in the first couple of months the game was stocked in W.H. Smith, the sales were much more than my then annual salary, and for the first time I could think about giving up my day job!!
The painting
Football Manager original painting for cover
Football Manager original painting for cover
The inlays
Football Manager inlays 2 colours and full colour
Football Manager inlays 2 colours and full colour